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This is what the storm looked like at the downtown harbor the other night...

TUESDAY EDITION: Good morning radio fans, another day in paradise here. ...now here is a big ass lake trout, 39 pounds!....RIP Charlie Daniels....

Maritime Mobile Service Network Comes to the Aid of Vessel in Distress

The Maritime Mobile Service Net (MMSN) on 14.300 MHz came to the assistance of a sailing vessel on June 25. MMSN control operator Steven Carpenter, K9UA, took a call on 20 meters from Ian Cummings, KB4SG, the skipper of the Mystic Lady, then some 40 miles east of Florida. Cummings reported that his engine had failed as he was attempting to return to his home port of Stuart, Florida. He not only had insufficient wind, but a strong current was carrying the vessel out to sea.

Cummings had been unable to reach any station via his VHF marine radio, since he was too far from the coast. Assisting in the call was Robert Wynhoff, K5HUT, also an MMSN net control operator. Cummings said his vessel, with one passenger on board, was drifting northwest toward the South Carolina coast.

“A major concern was that the vessel was heading directly towards a lee shore,” the MMSN reported. “Lee shores are shallow, dangerous areas which are a hazard to watercraft. Vessels could be pushed into the shallow area by the wind, possibly running aground and breaking up.”

Carpenter contacted Cummings’ family, who had already called the Sea Tow marine towing service. Sea Tow advised Carpenter to tell the captain to head closer to shore by sailing west, if possible. Carpenter told Cummings that if he was unable to get nearer to shore, he would notify the US Coast Guard, which was already monitoring the situation.

As the MMSN reported, “The Mystic Lady was able to make some headway, but it was very slow. Members of the MMSN made additional calls via landline to the captain’s family as to the ongoing status of those on board. The family was concerned but relieved that communication was established and that all were well.”

Several hours later, the captain advised that the wind had picked up, allowing him to head close enough to shore for Sea Tow to reach the vessel and take it back to port.

The Pacific Seafarers’ Net, which monitors 14.300 MHz from the West Coast after the MMSN secures at 0200 UTC, kept in touch with the Mystic Lady into the night while it was under tow.

The tired, grateful captain later messaged the net, “A million thanks to everyone last night who helped rescue us on 14.300. Everyone chipped in as we drifted north in the Gulf Stream 60 miles headed to a lee shore. The MMSN net control and several others stayed with us for hours, phoned people, and were immensely helpful. The situation on board was dangerous. We are now safely under tow home. You folks are amazing!”

In operation since 1968, the MMSN monitors 14.300 MHz 70 hours a week to assist vessels and others in need of assistance. — Thanks to MMSN Net Manager Jeff Savasta, KB4JKL

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Announces Full Lineup of Speakers

The first QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Saturday and Sunday, August 8 – 9, has confirmed what it’s calling “a packed lineup of over 70 great speakers” for the ARRL-sanctioned event. Attendance is free and registration is open.

Presentations will cover a range of topics, with two tracks focused on providing hands-on, practical advice for those just getting started in amateur radio. Steve Johnston, WD8DAS, will demonstrate basic soldering techniques for repairing equipment and building projects. Marcel Stieber, AI6MS, will offer an overview of common battery types, discussing the pros and cons of each — including battery chemistry, common uses and misuses, and everyday application tips.

For experienced operators, topics will cover new techniques, equipment upgrading, 3D printing, and more. Glenn Johnson, WØGJ, will attempt to answer the question, “Is 3 dB Worth a Divorce?” and cover a wide range of antenna topics. Jim Veatch, WA2EUJ, will explain how to build a QRP radio. In his presentation, “The Slot Antenna — Undiscovered Country for Most Hams,” John Portune, W6NBC, will demonstrate how a satellite TV dish can be “slotted” to make an effective outdoor 2-meter or UHF antenna for use in antenna-restricted neighborhoods.

Prominent youth educator Carole Perry, WB2MGP, will moderate a lineup featuring amateur radio’s future leaders. Audrey McElroy, KM4BUN, will speak on, “Getting Girls Involved in STEM, Specifically Amateur Radio!” while hot-air ballooning will be the focus of a talk by Jack McElroy, KM4ZIA, “Highly Flying Kids with HAB.”

QSO Today’s Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, says that one challenge to any ham radio convention, whether in person or virtual, is keeping the content of presentations from becoming overly complicated and overwhelming. “For our inaugural virtual Expo, we’ve made sure that there are great speakers for both beginners and experienced hams,” Guth said. “We’ve asked all of our speakers to be laser focused on their topics while providing hands-on, practical advice.” Each presentation will wrap up with a live question-and-answer session.

For more information or to register, visit the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo website. Attendance is free, and there are early bird prize incentives for registering by July 24.

11 year-old passes morse test in Ireland, meanwhile in USA, FCC ponders dropping written test because it offends those that flunk it...

Morse code received a boost from the younger generation, on the 24th June 2020, when 11-year-old Ryan Morrison from Stillorgan, Co. Dublin took and passed his Morse code test.

Conducting the test were IRTS Chief Morse tester Dave Moore EI4BZ and Jerry Cahill EI6BT. Ryan was delighted to pass the Morse test after practicing for five months at twenty minutes per day.

Ryan is looking forward to sitting the radio theory test on 25th July in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght and we wish him every success.

A major outbreak of noctilucent clouds

Last night, a major outbreak of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) blanketed Europe.

Electric-blue tendrils of frosted meteor smoke rippled over European capitals, shocking many observers who had never seen the clouds before.

At sunrise, onlookers snapped photos of Comet NEOWISE surrounded by the NLCs.

See their rare photos on today's edition of Spaceweather.com

Commemorative SSTV transmissions

On 18 July 2020, the Secunda Amateur Radio Club - ZS6SRC will commemorate the SARL’s 95 years of existence.

Starting at 02:00 UTC on Saturday 18 July 2020 until 02:00 UTC on Sunday 19 July 2020, the club using the ZS95SARL call sign will be transmitting a series of images in SSTV B/W8 mode via the LEO FM satellites that pass Secunda at more than 10 degrees elevation during the period.

The following satellites will be used: SO-50, AO-91, AO-92 and PO-101.

Please setup your receivers to share in this activity. All received images can be e-mailed to secradio@jenny.co.za.

We will upload them to our website www.secradio.org.za.
Every participant who e-mails their images will receive a certificate, there are special certificates for the youth members who participate.
Let us have some fun!

The SARL is playing a huge role in keeping our hobby alive in these very uncertain times.

MONDAY EDITION: I sold my Icom 718 Sunday, the one that I bought and just had to have for camping and portable ops and never used. I forgot that I don't go camping or do portable ops anymore...We got hammered last night around 11pm with torrential rain, thunder, and lightning- what a shit show running round disconnecting antennas and cable TV.....We had more fireworks lit off than I can ever remember on a July 4th, impressive stuff for private fireworks.....Good to see MA is opening the gyms, movie theatre, pools, and casinos up today. We want a resurgence to keep up with the spiking Covid numbers in Florida and Texas. I am hoping it is mostly liberals who take advantage of the new phase 3 reopening and letting me know how it worked out....

Pandemic Reveals Need to Make Airwaves More Resilient

The pandemic has put the spotlight on the challenges facing the nation’s wireless communications infrastructure. As patients and doctors use telemedicine; children and teachers use distance learning; and parents telework from home, our spectrum resources are being stretched to the limit.

To understand the electromagnetic spectrum, think real estate. Except for a few volcanoes pumping lava into the ocean, there’s a fixed amount of land in the world. The same is true for the airwaves or wireless communication channels, the more common names for the spectrum. 

Back in 1901, when Guglielmo Marconi was experimenting with the transmission of Morse code, he had the entire spectrum to himself. Now, the spectrum is a limited resource. We’re not using it up, per se, but we can’t make more of it. And while 5G mobile broadband offers many benefits by carrying more data, it can also strain that resource. Even in normal times, we rely upon the spectrum to carry vast amounts of data for so many aspects of our lives. Autonomous cars, cell phones and tablets, television and radio, GPS and our national defense all need wireless access.

Just as all land is not valued the same, spectrum also has a sweet spot—frequencies in the mid-range that can carry significant amounts of data while reaching many users. For decades, the government has reserved many of those mid-band channels for military, aviation and other national security missions.

New technologies now enable more use of mid-band spectrum for other industries, and commercial companies are demanding access. Yet that spectrum is also needed for the safety of our nation, so the government can respond in a national security crisis or an emergency like this pandemic, for example.

The solution? If we can’t create more spectrum, we must use it more efficiently.

Just as highways into a city may have heavy traffic only during the rush hours but are largely open the remaining twenty hours a day, there may be opportunities for commercial and government organizations to share the mid-range spectrum. The challenge is achieving the right balance, so that the government has seamless first rights to protect our national security while making more frequencies available for private and commercial use during downtimes.

Of course, in emergencies, this can work both ways. If the government needs more bandwidth, say for national security or disaster relief, an effective spectrum sharing plan will give it access to airwaves typically reserved for commercial use. But as we’re seeing now with work at home, ordering groceries online, and more, shifting bandwidth to commercial use can also be part of the solution during an emergency.

In addition to private companies like mobile device manufacturers and telecommunications networks, government organizations are looking into the best ways to make spectrum sharing a reality. This includes the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

As with all decisions involving multiple players around big, complex decisions, there are often competing motivations—and both private and government organizations can be reticent to share information. Fortunately, there are new technologies and collaboration models available that can increase spectrum efficiency and flexibility.

My key recommendation is to create a public-private partnership with spectrum stakeholders such as national regulators, federal agency, industry, local governments, research institutions, and consumer advocates. This partnership will facilitate governance, stakeholder synchronization, joint business analysis, and mutual trust and commitment. It would also serve as a venue to reach out to manufacturers and regulators to develop automated solutions that would enable sharing across government and industry.

Most importantly, it's a way to share risks and opportunities, with the collective goal of improving spectrum use. This kind of collaboration will mean better, more flexible access to the spectrum—for quicker responses to changing priorities like our current crisis.

Once a partnership is established, there are different models for sharing to consider. For instance, the co-existence model presumes that all the cooperating organizations will comply with the rule set. Alternatively, there’s an “intra-system sharing” model that uses a common system infrastructure that’s shared by the different organizations. This gives organizations with national security- or safety-critical missions confidence that they can access the spectrum whenever it’s necessary.

These are just two ways to approach this challenge and the partnership will no doubt introduce others. But this is something we can and must do. For all that 5G broadband offers, particularly during crises like we’re currently facing, it also places dramatically increased demand upon the limited resource of the spectrum

Yosry A. Barsoum is vice president and director of the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute at MITRE, a not-for-profit company that operates federally funded R&D centers. The opinion expressed is the author’s and does not necessarily reflect the views of MITRE.

The Future of Amateur Radio Clubs

The July 4 edition of the Saturday night DX Commander show featured a discussion on the Future of Ham Radio Clubs

The participants discussed the future of Ham Radio Clubs and touched on the subject of how easy - or difficult it SHOULD be to achieve an amateur radio licence.

Taking part in the discussion were:
Ian G0CNN
Tim G5TM
Gil F4WBY
Mike M0MSN
Carl 2E0EZT
Callum M0MCX
Gary M0TIG
Roly ZL1BQD

Watch The Future of Ham Radio Clubs - YouTube Crew July 2020

The Space Weather Woman

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

ICQPodcast - Homebrew CAT and Programming Cable

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, Ed Durrant DD5LP, Frank Howell K4FMH and Bill Barnes WC3B to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is Homebrew CAT and Programming Cable

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News stories include: -
• First Ireland & Slovenia Contact made on 40 MHz Band
• Transatlantic Emergency Call
• UK Radio Ham Answers Call for Help
• Ham Radio Saved My Life!
• Presenter Article: Prominent Ham Operators Lead Major Covid-19 Pandemic Effort
• First Annual “Dream Rig” Youth Essay Contest
• Online Remote Invigilation Expanding
• GB100RS Special Event
• Wales Special Event GB0WMZ
• NRRL form Vision and Action Working Group

The ICQPodcast can be downloaded from
http://www.icqpodcast.com

JULY 4TH EDITION: No small town parade, no blaring fire trucks, no Scottish bagpipes, no bonfire, cookouts with masks (maybe)! This is a first but I bet there will be a shitload of fireworks....Just when I thought I had seen everything...FAKE MEDIA AGAIN....

Foundations of Amateur Radio

What is a repeater offset and how does it work?

Every week I run a net for new and returning amateurs. A variety of people join in with varying degrees of skill, knowledge and number of birthdays.

One of the regular things I say during that net is that if I'm not acknowledging you, it's because I cannot hear you. I then start a spiel about repeater offsets and give some examples, but what is it really and how does it work?

As you might recall, a repeater is a radio, generally located somewhere useful, like on a hill or tall building, that offers the ability to talk to other amateurs who are not within range of your radio.

For bands like 2m, 70cm and 23cm, generally speaking, contacts are line-of-sight. If you're standing on a hill, you can talk to more people because your line of sight is further away.

This is also why you can talk to the International Space Station with a hand-held, since it's in your line-of-sight, at least some of the time.

A repeater acts as a line-of-sight extender. If it can see both you and another station, it can act as a bridge between you.

How it does this is pretty simple. A repeater listens to your signal and transmits that to the other station. It uses two separate frequencies to make this happen. A receive and a transmit frequency, or more precisely an input and an output frequency. To remember which is which, you can think of a repeater as a giant megaphone, you talk into it and sound comes out. Said differently, think of a repeater as a device that takes an input from one station and makes an output for everyone to listen to.

To actually use a repeater, your radio needs to be setup to transmit on the repeater input and it needs to receive on the repeater output. This means that when you transmit, the repeater can hear you and when you're listening, you can hear the repeater.

To achieve this, you can set your radio up using repeater mode. It uses a thing called an offset to set the difference between the input and output frequencies.

To find out what the offset is, you take the repeater input frequency and subtract the repeater output. If you've set-up your radio correctly you're tuned and listening to the repeater output. When you hit the Push to Talk or PTT, you'll transmit on the input frequency and when you let go, you're back to receiving on the output frequency.

One final roadblock might be that your local repeater has a tone lock. If it does, the repeater will ignore you even if you have all the frequencies correct. This tone is generally published by the repeater owner or your local regulator. You can also check a website called repeaterbook.com to see many of the world's repeaters and their specific settings.

Now, I should point out that while repeater offsets are standardised, they're not the same across bands, across the world, or even within a country or city. Depending on where you are, what the density of repeaters is and what band you're on, the offset number and direction will change.

It's even possible that you have a variety of offsets on the same band in the same city. This means that you cannot just pick a standard offset for your radio but most modern radios will have a method to deal with this.

It's easy to get this wrong.

Setting up your radio for using a repeater is deceptively simple. Three things to look out for when it's not working. You have the input and output reversed, the offset is wrong, or there's a tone blocking your transmission.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

5000 km plus opening on 144 MHz from Cape Verde Islands to Europe - 2nd July 2020

The D4VHF station on Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa had another remarkable opening to Europe on 144 MHz on Thursday the 2nd of July 2020. Using the FT8 digital mode, they worked at 20 stations on 2-metres in Italy (11), Slovenia (2) and Croatia (7).

The best DX was 9A6NA who was just over 5000kms away, a remarkable distance for a terrestrial 144 MHz contact.

It is thought that the most likely mode of propagation was a maritime duct from Cape Verde to the coast of Morocco coinciding with a Sporadic-E opening to southern Europe.

National Hurricane Center’s WX4NHC annual station test is successful

On May 30, operators at WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC), working from home, conducted the annual readiness check of the station and of other amateur radio stations and operators around the country and world. WX4NHC is marking its 40th year of public service in 2020.

Assistant Amateur Radio Coordinator at the NHC Julio Ripoll, WD4R, reported that five WX4NHC operators made 146 contacts with US and Caribbean stations.

Despite poor HF propagation, operators made contacts with stations as far north as Maine and as far south and west as Aruba and Curacao, Puerto Rico, and Texas. Operators also made many contacts using digital modes, including Winlink as well as Florida’s statewide SARNET UHF repeater network that connects 27 repeaters from Key West to Tallahassee.

Thanks to the ARES E-Letter.
http://www.arrl.org/news/national-hurricane-center-s-wx4nhc-annual-station-test-is-successful

CW Training Program

In this video Howard WB2UZE and John K2NY of the Long Island CW Club talk to David W0DHG about their CW training program  

The club started in 2017 offers over 45 hours of CW classes EACH week, and has grown to over 600 members from all 50 states and 15 countries all over the world.

Ham Radio Now   https://www.youtube.com/user/HamRadioNow/videos

Monaco operation

Ennio, IW1RBI, will once again be active as 3A/IW1RBI from Monaco between July 6-19th.

Activity will be on 30-6 meters using SSB and FT8.

QSL via his home callsign or LoTW

BBC Local Radio to cut 139 jobs in England

BBC local radio stations in England will lose 139 jobs as the network keeps the simplified schedules it created in March and adds a new all-England late show.

Helen Thomas held an all-staff virtual meeting on Thursday morning to communicate the changes with staff. She said the BBC needed to ‘refresh, reinvent and reinvigorate’ as a result of recent events.

She told staff the new schedules have brought ‘a new clarity’ to audiences across England with three, four hour shows in daytime and that there will also be restructuring in engineering and special features.

BBC England needs to save £25m operational costs before 2022. In total, 450 equivalent full-time roles across radio, TV and online in the nations and regions will be cut, from a staff of around 3,000.

Across BBC Local Radio programmes will be hosted by a single presenter – with no more double-headed shows. As well as the standardised shows 6-10am, 10am-2pm and 2-6pm seven days a week, there will be a new all-England Weekday and Weekend Late Show and shared regional programming between 6pm and 10pm on Sundays.

Unions say Band B (Journalist Co-ordinators) and Band C (Journalist) roles will be formally placed “at risk” of redundancy. Although Band D and above will not be “in scope”, management anticipate interest at these grades through voluntary redundancy.

GNS, which provides national news content to BBC Local Radio, will be replaced by a new ‘Central News Service’ and move to Salford at some point in the future, resulting in a number of job losses.

Cuts are also being made in television and online news operations, and the BBC will continue to look at saving costs with its buildings portfolio.
In regional TV, the evening news programmes will be presented by a single host rather than being double-headed.

Helen Thomas, the Director of BBC England, said: “I’m proud people have turned to us for trusted news and information in huge numbers during COVID-19, proving the importance of our local and regional services. But those services were created more than 50 years ago, have changed very little and need significant reinvention. That has meant taking some difficult decisions.

“We are in the age of the Facebook community group and the WhatsApp neighbourhood chat. We must adapt to better reflect how people live their lives, how they get their news and what content they want.

“We’re going to modernise our offer to audiences in England by making digital a central part of everything we do. We’ll take forward lessons from COVID-19 that will make us more agile and more in touch with communities while also ensuring we’re as efficient as we can be. I’m confident we can evolve our local and regional services while improving our impact and better serving our audiences.”

SO Today Virtual Ham Expo

It's time to pack your virtual suitcase and prepare for a virtual journey that will take you to the first QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo.

The venue may be virtual but the hams and the expertise and support they are offering are very real.

The QSO Today podcast, hosted by Eric Guth 4Z1UG, has already lined up such well-known speakers as Glen Johnson, to discuss DXpeditions, Ward Silver, to talk about grounding and bonding and John Portune to explain building slot antennas in an HOA environment.

This free 48-hour event on August 8th and 9th is a first for the popular QSO Today podcast Eric hosts weekly. The virtual platform allows attendees to interact with exhibitors via chat, video and audio and true to the ham expo experience, it will also feature an exhibit hall with booths as well as an auditorium for speakers.

Although the expo will be live for 48 hours during the 8th and 9th, August, it will also be accessible for another 30 days as an on-demand event.

For additional details visit qsotodayhamexpo.com - and then make sure your smartphones, tablets and laptops will be charged up as you are likely to be there for some time!

THURSDAY EDITION: Good morning Ham Radio ops, another dit another dah....beautiful weather here on the rock and another July 4th is almost on us. I wonder which group of wimps will be offend and demand change. Maybe ban bonfires because it reminds one of nightly KKK meet and greet meetings?....I live in Disney World East, we are 99.9 percent white, we have never been exposed to racism on the island that I know of, we don't have a crime rate, we don't even have a damn traffic light or statue in town. We do have a WWI cannon downtown, I know that causes great distress to my  liberal wingnut friends, the brutality of it! They would prefer to blow kisses and throw flowers at our enemies. I know there is racism in play and it is not right and needs to be addressed but....rewriting history books, detroying statues, spray painting streets, burning up, police cars and stations is clearly not the answer....for God's sake, get a hobby like ham radio to occupy your mind......the new extra class "light" question pool is out and books are for sale by the ARRL and Gordon West. If you are a swl, keep in mind to "earn" a ham license today, you need to know nothing about electronic theory, morse code, etc....all you do is get a book with all the questions and answers and memorize the answers. NO SKILL needed. The only thing you need to do is figure out how to operate your plug and play radio....and whatever you do, don't ask for an audio check!

Another Shortwave WebSDR operational in Iceland

On June 27, a new KiwiSDR web software defined radio became operational in Iceland  

A translation of the IRA post reads:

The new receiver is located in Blafjoll at an altitude of 690 meters. It has for the first time used, a horizontal dipole for 80 and 40 meters.

The KiwiSDR receiver operates from 10 kHz up to 30 MHz. You can listen to AM, FM, SSB and CW transmissions and select a bandwidth suitable for each formulation. Up to eight users can be logged into the recipient at the same time.

Ari  Johannesson TF1A was responsible for the installation of the device today, which is owned by Georg Kulp, TF3GZ.
: http://blafjoll.utvarp.com/

The other two receivers that are active are located at Bjargtångar in Vesturbyggð, Iceland's westernmost plains and the outermost point of Látrabjarg and at Raufarhöfn. Listen at:
 http://bjarg.utvarp.com/
 http://raufarhofn.utvarp.com/

The IRA Board thanks Ara and Georg for their valuable contributions. This is an important addition for radio amateurs who are experimenting in these frequency bands, as well as listeners and anyone interested in the spread of radio waves.

The July-August 2020 Communicator

Over 90 Pages Of Projects, News, Views and Reviews...

Amateur Radio News from the South West corner of Canada and elsewhere. You will find Amateur Radio related articles, profiles, news, tips and how-to's.

You can view or download it as a .PDF file from:

https://ve7sar.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-july-august-2020-communicator.html

Social distancing the norm for Ramona ham radio club

Ramona Sentinel reports for years, Ramona radio amateurs have been meeting each other, sharing aspects of their daily lives, and participating in large event-usually with physical distancing well in place

That-s because the operators, also known as “hams,” operate on handheld or mobile radios. These radios are different from the widely known citizen band, or CB radios, that anyone can purchase and talk on, because ham radio operators must be licensed.

As president of the Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society, Steve Stipp KK6AHB says COVID 19 has caused the club to make some changes, but it hasn’t slowed them down.

We have about 75 members,Stipp explains, and we hold our meetings over the radio now instead of in person.

The virus has also caused one of their biggest yearly events to change.

Read the full story at
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/ramona-sentinel/news/story/2020-07-01/social-distancing-the-norm-for-ramona-ham-radio-club

Thousands of radio operators band together to practice for the worst

Forbes magazine article reports radio amateurs across North America spent last weekend doing emergency communications practice

For twenty-four hours over the weekend of June 27 and 28, 2020, thousands of amateur radio operators across the United States and Canada set up temporary emergency communications centers where everything had to be done without external services. This meant they had to erect their own temporary antennas, provide their own emergency power and operate their equipment in temporary locations. Their goal was to prove that they can communicate with each other in times of an emergency when there’s no infrastructure available.

These amateur radio operators, also known as hams, devote seemingly endless hours preparing their radio equipment, computers, cables and antennas required to conduct radio communications in today's demanding environment. What's more, these radio operators volunteered their time, provided their own equipment and transported it to a remote site without electrical power, frequently without shelter and with only the supplies they could carry. And this time, they were doing it in the middle of a pandemic where they met crowd size requirements and social distancing laws.

They do this for the same reason we always exercise, said former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. It’s better to have it break in practice than break for real.

Read the full article at
https://www.forbes.com/sites/waynerash/2020/06/30/thousands-of-radio-operators-band-together-to-practice-for-the-worst/

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Keep that rain coming! ....93 year old still loves the code....3860 was a jammers dream last night.....first time in months, MA had no Covid deaths reported yesterday, infection rates down, now all we need is a vaccine...Delaware to remove public whipping post, they must have removed all the statues already....I am glad to say I have hoarded over 300 masks, gallons of 70 percent alcohol sanitizer, bought so much water and staples that I had to buy stainless shelving from Costco for the basement. I figure I have enough gas to run generators for a month, fuel for next winter, enough ammo to hunt for years. I guess I am now officially a "prepper" or a damn idiot.....

Prominent Radio Amateur Helping to Lead US Convalescent Plasma Expanded Access Study

Well-known contester, DXer, and National Contest Journal (NCJ) Editor Scott Wright, K0MD, has been “substantially” stepping back from ham radio while offering his expertise to the US convalescent plasma COVID-19 Expanded Access Program. The study began in early April under the leadership of Dr. Michael Joyner, MD, of the Mayo Clinic; Dr. Peter Marks, MD, PhD and Dr. Nicole Verdun, MD, of the US Food and Drug Administration; Dr. Arturo Casavedall, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University, and Wright, who is with the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Marks is AB3XC.

“The US Convalescent Plasma Expanded Access Program is a collaborative project between the US government and the Mayo Clinic to provide access to convalescent plasma for patients in the US who are hospitalized with COVID 19,” Wright told ARRL. The work has been referenced during White House press briefings and in congressional testimony. The US government-supported study collects and provides blood plasma recovered from COVID-19 patients, which contains antibodies that may help fight the disease. The Mayo Clinic is the lead institution for the program.

“My role was to organize the infrastructure and the research approach, and to help lead the set-up of the data collection and of the website teams, while overseeing the study conduct and regulatory compliance,” Wright explained.

According to a June 18 Washington Post article, “A large study of 20,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients who received transfusions of blood plasma from people who recovered found the treatment was safe and suggests giving it to people early in the disease may be beneficial.”

An initial safety report on 5,000 patients appeared in May in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The safety study on 20,000 subjects referenced in the Washington Post article was published earlier this month in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Wright said most scientific studies of this magnitude take months to a year with planning and execution to get under way. In this case, the study team went from zero to 60 in a few short weeks.

“We started in less than a week. Most studies recruit 2,500 – 5,000 patients,” Wright said. “We have recruited over 30,000 patients in 10 weeks, exceeding all expectations.”

Hospitals in all 50 states and several US territories are participating, Wright said, and more than 8,000 physician-scientists are working with the team as investigators at their hospitals. “We also helped manage the start-up of collection of convalescent plasma by the large blood organizations, such as the American Red Cross, by strategically connecting donor pools and people willing to donate with the blood collection centers.”

Wright’s study responsibilities, which are on top of his regular day job, have required him to work daily, including weekends, for all of April, most of May, and all of June. “It has been intense,” he said.

Wright said an FDA announcement on the benefit of convalescent plasma was expected soon. “We are working on a third publication now to submit to a major international medical journal for publication on whether the study has shown that use of convalescent plasma reduces mortality,” Wright added. The FDA has been inviting donations of convalescent plasma from individuals who have fully recovered from COVID-19.

Wright will be the keynote speaker at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo August 8 – 9 to discuss the study, its results, and, he said, “linking it to skills acquired through ham radio.

Ears to the World: Radio hams complete 24-hour Field Day exercise

Shelly Swift of the Greenfield Reporter newspaper attended the Hancock Amateur Radio Club Field Day station last weekend

The newspaper says:

The local club has never won, which isn’t uncommon for a club of just 25 to 30 members that operates 100 watts or less. But the group always has a good time at the all-night event. Even when it pours down rain.

Ryan Ogle and Ed Tanaka of Indianapolis brought their 10-year-old sons by to try out some radio communications.

“I’m not a ham guy myself, but at the same time I certainly recognize that it plays an important role, especially if some kind of local disaster happens,” Tanaka said. “With the coronavirus stuff going on, it makes you realize that emergency communications like this are so important.”

Jon Reeves WB9CNE
, president of the Hancock County club, said that ham radio is more than just a hobby for many. It’s also heavily relied upon for weather tracking and to help with communications during public emergencies, as it was in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Read the full story at
http://www.greenfield
reporter.com/2020/06/30/ears_to_the_world_
ham_radio_operators_complete
_24hour_field_day_exercise/

Bengaluru quarantine violators beware! Ham operators are watching you

The Hindu newspaper reports on the role of amateur radio volunteers during the Coronavirus quarantine in Bengaluru

Their story says:

As the number of COVID-19 positive cases increase, so do those of people placed under home quarantine. A special task force has been constituted in Bengaluru to ensure that citizens placed under home quarantine follow the protocol for it. Among the citizens who have volunteered to help the task force are 260-odd HAM (amateur) radio operators in the city.

They work in shifts, coordinating with booth-level and ward level squad members to keep a watch on home quarantined people. While most of them are operating out of their homes, three static centres have been set up in the Vasanthapura, H.B.R. Layout and Jayanagar localities.

“We had earlier set up high frequency and very high frequency stations at the State war room. But we have decided to cut down on our movement considering the high risk involved. We are all keeping a watch in our neighbourhoods, apart from providing back-up communication to the squad and task force,” said S. Sathyapal, director of the Indian Institute of Hams.

Read the full story at
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/bengalurus-ham-operators-help-home-quarantine-task-force/article31939994.ece

100 years of radio since Marconi's big breakthrough

Ofcom summarizes the key changes in UK broadcasting since Dame Nellie Melba broadcast from Chelmsford in Essex in 1920

Marconi is credited with being the first person to transmit radio signals, doing so over a distance of a mile and a half in 1895 in Lavernock Point in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales. He later set up his Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company in Chelmsford, in 1899.

His 1920 broadcast took place from there. On 15 June a song recital by Dame Nellie Melba was broadcast using a telephone transmitter, and was heard in a number of different countries.

It’s fair to say a lot has happened in radio since Marconi’s breakthrough.
Here we take a look at some of the major events.

Read the Ofcom article at
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/100-years-of-radio/

The rapid brightening of Comet NEOWISE

This week, Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) is passing by the sun and rapidly brightening to naked-eye visibility.

New images from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) show an 8-fold increase in brightness over just a few days.

A movie of the comet's development is featured on today's edition of Spaceweather.com

SOGGY TUESDAY EDITION: Never thought I would enjoy a week of predicted rain but let it rip, it feels good....China says it has developed a promising vaccine for Covid, surprise , surprise....This is what I think of Mike Tyson. Remember his last fight when he quit, the bully got beat ...Of all the stupid things I have done in my life, I am going to be pissed if I die because I touched my face....

                

Whoever captioned this never worked on a BRAKE system....

National Hurricane Center's WX4NHC Annual Station Test is Successful

On May 30, operators at WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC), working from home, conducted the annual readiness check of the station and of other amateur radio stations and operators around the country and world. WX4NHC is marking its 40th year of public service in 2020. Assistant Amateur Radio Coordinator at the NHC Julio Ripoll, WD4R, reported that five WX4NHC operators made 146 contacts with US and Caribbean stations.

Despite poor HF propagation, operators made contacts with stations as far north as Maine and as far south and west as Aruba and Curacao, Puerto Rico, and Texas. Operators also made many contacts using digital modes, including Winlink as well as Florida's statewide SARNET UHF repeater network that connects 27 repeaters from Key West to Tallahassee. — Thanks to the ARES E-Letter

13 Colonies special event

Once again the annual (the 12th) 13 Colonies Special Event will take place between 1300z, July 1st and 0400z July 7th.

The certificate is printed on heavy card stock. Stations working one state or, as many as all 15, will be eligible for the certificate.
A 'Clean Sweep' indicator will be affixed for those lucky enough to work all 15.

A special endorsement will be attached for stations contacting their sister operation, WM3PEN, in Philadelphia, PA, where independence was declared. New since 2015, the 13 Colonies have added a second sister event station.
GB13COL will operate from Durham, England. The 13 Colonies certificate will have a Liberty Bell added for a contact with WM3PEN.

All HF bands will be in play, including the WARC bands, with the exception of 60 meters. 2 meters and 6 meter simplex are encouraged. All modes of operation should be represented - SSB, CW, RTTY, Digital, and the Satellites. The mode of operation is up to the individual colony state station.

For more details on the stations, suggested frequencies, QSL info and how to obtain the special certificate, see: http://www.13colonies.us
All Short Wave Listeners ,you can also qualify for the certificate.

Times Radio launches with Boris Johnson and Malawi mix-up

Times Radio launched with a large budget, high-profile presenters and an exclusive interview with Boris Johnson.

Unfortunately, the new national speech radio station from Rupert Murdoch’s News UK had not banked on its big unveiling being disrupted by an outlet with a similar name in Malawi.

Many of those trying to tune in to the station via Amazon’s smart speakers, Alexa, were baffled to be directed instead to Times Radio Malawi, a music and talk station based in the east African country.

Rather than hearing the Times Radio breakfast show hosts, Aasmah Mir and Stig Abell, hold in-depth discussions on the prime minister’s education policies, listeners were treated to a Chichewa-language discussion of Malawi’s politics and some upbeat music.

Smart speakers are a crucial way of reaching new radio audiences as a fifth of British homes have one, with them often replacing radios in kitchens. However, the issue highlights the lack of control local broadcasters have over interfaces designed by international tech companies that struggle to adapt to local needs.

Users of Google’s smart speakers also reported problems hearing Times Radio, with the voice assistant redirecting listeners to Chris Moyles on Radio X – after mistaking the word “Times” for the multiplication sign. Times Radio is also broadcast on DAB radio, online and via an app.

The new station, which is heavily staffed by former BBC presenters and producers, is being run without adverts as a promotion for the Times’s digital subscriptions, in the knowledge it will make a hefty loss for the first few years.

Read the full Guardian story
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jun/29/times-radio-launches-with-boris-johnson-and-malawi-mix-up

MURKY MONDAY EDITION: Field day was interesting, another one in the books...finally got some rain last night on the island to break the drought, I am afraid what my water bill will be this quarter with all the watering I have done to keep the lawn and gardens green...

Thats how motivated I feel this morning...

Antennas for small gardens webinar

RSGB's live webinar 'Tonight @ 8' taking place this evening, June 29, at 8pm BST (1900 GMT) features Steve Nichols G0KYA who will talk about Antennas for small gardens

Not everyone has room for a mast and HF Yagi. In this webinar Steve, G0KYA looks at alternatives for small gardens, including both commercial and home-made variants. He’ll also talk about testing antennas using WSPR and modelling them using MMANA-GAL.

It will be live streamed to a global audience on YouTube at
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRSGB

and will also be available via the BATC at
https://batc.org.uk/live/RSGB

Record numbers take UK amateur radio exams

On Friday June 26 the RSGB reported over 800 candidates had successfully completed their online Foundation amateur radio exam and over 650 exams were booked for future dates

The Society says it is hoped that bookings can also be opened to new Intermediate candidates in the near future, once existing bookings are cleared. Full exams will follow on in a similar manner in due course.

Read the full RSGB post at
https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/headlines/2020/06/26/online-remote-invigilation-expanding/

FYI

SolderSmoke Podcast 223 available

Bill Meara M0HBR / N2CQR has released a new edition of the amateur radio SolderSmoke podcast

This edition includes:
• Quarantine Field Day!
• Talking to Clubs
• Pete's Bench
• DDC SDR
• Bill's Bench
• Miscellaneous
• Mailbag

Listen to the podcast
http://soldersmoke.com/soldersmoke223.mp3

Radio amateur still missing after 3 months

The Daily Mail newspaper has published an update on the case of radio amateur Russell Hill VK3VZP from Drouin in Victoria who along with a friend has been missing since March 20

Russell was camping in the remote Wonnangatta Valley and his last amateur radio contact was with Rob Ashlin VK3BEZ at 6pm on March 20, he has not been heard from since.

On March 21 the campsite was found with the tent burned to the ground and Mr Hill's Toyota Land Cruiser sitting next to it.

Read the full story at
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8461683/Russell-Hills-best-mate-believes-friend-ATTACKED-speaking-vanished.html

QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast
Doug Millar - K6JEY

Doug Millar, K6JEY, grew up in Southern California, is a teacher of teachers, and like to operate EME or Moon Bounce on the sidewalk in front of his home.

Doug likes everything about ham radio and operates on a range of rigs from boat anchors to the most modern QRP, all modes in all bands.

K6JEY is my QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

FIELD DAY EDITION: Not much to report here this weekend. I played Field Day on 20-75 ssb and worked 26 states. Fun having so many people on the air....My pet peeve of the day, assholes playing field day from home running 1.5KW. Big shots......

In June 28, 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assemble the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly line two days later, one of just 300 Corvettes made that year.
The idea for the Corvette originated with General Motors’ pioneering designer Harley J. Earl, who in 1951 began developing plans for a low-cost American sports car that could compete with Europe’s MGs, Jaguars and Ferraris. The project was eventually code-named “Opel.” In January 1953, GM debuted the Corvette concept car at its Motorama auto show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It featured a fiberglass body and a six-cylinder engine and according to GM, was named for the “trim, fleet naval vessel that performed heroic escort and patrol duties during World War II.” The Corvette was a big hit with the public at Motorama and GM soon put the roadster into production.

K9JM to transmit CW Version of 2020 W1AW Field Day Bulletin

West Coast ARRL Qualifying Run station K9JM will transmit the CW version of the 2020 W1AW Field Day Bulletin on 80 and 40 meters. On Saturday, June 27, the CW version will be transmitted at 7:30 AM PDT (1430 UTC). On Saturday evening, the CW version will be transmitted at 5:30 PM PDT (Sunday at 0030 UTC). On Sunday, June 28, the CW version of the bulletin will be transmitted at 7:30 AM PDT (1430 UTC). The frequencies are 3581.5 kHz and 7047.5 kHz. 

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, tweeted today, “Good luck to all the ham radio operators participating in the 82nd annual ARRL amateur radio Field Day this weekend!”

Foundations of Amateur Radio

Your antenna is a filter (of sorts)

The single most discussed topic in amateur radio is that of antenna design, that and medical procedures on 80m, but I kid. Previously I've discussed the notion that all frequencies are on-air all the time and that your traditional radio uses much of its electronic circuitry to filter out all the things you don't want to hear.

Parallel to that is the concept that you tune your antenna to be resonant on a particular band or frequency. As amateurs we might look for a wide-band antenna that makes it possible to use our radio across several bands. We often construct our antennas to be multiple harmonics of a band so we can have access to more spectrum without needing more physical antennas.

None of this is new and as an amateur you'll likely spend the rest of your days improving your antenna situation, or at least talking about it, if not outright bemoaning the lack of antenna space, family approval, budget or some other excuse.

As I started my journey into Software Defined Radio a new idea occurred to me. If an antenna is a resonant circuit, could you think of your antenna as a filter, as-in, something that leaves out the things you don't care about?

In and of itself I'm sure I'm not the first to consider this notion, but the idea means that you essentially turn your idea of an antenna on its head, from something that receives to something that rejects.

Consider for example the small transmitting loop antenna, often also called a magnetic loop antenna. It's got one characteristic that isn't often considered a benefit, it has something called a High-Q, or a high Quality Factor. The higher the Q, the narrower the bandwidth.

I should digress here for a moment. Q is a number. Big number means narrow bandwidth, little number means wide bandwidth. It's easy to calculate. If you look at an SWR plot of an antenna you'll see a curve where the bottom of the curve is the lowest SWR of your antenna, that's the centre frequency. You'll also see two points on the same curve where the SWR hits 2:1. If you take the centre frequency and divide that by the difference between the two edge frequencies, you'll have the Q of that antenna.

Using numbers, consider an antenna that's got an SWR below 2 between say 7 MHz and 7.2 MHz, a bandwidth of 200 kHz, you'd have a centre frequency of 7.1 MHz. The Q of that antenna would be 7100 divided by 200 or a Q of 35.5

If you had an antenna that had a bandwidth of 5 kHz at 7.1 MHz, it would have a Q of 1420.

And just to wrap that up. This is helpful because just comparing bandwidth on different antennas doesn't tell you enough. Is an antenna that has 400 kHz bandwidth on 20m more or less selective than an antenna with 200 kHz bandwidth on 40m, what about 100 kHz on 80m?

Back to the small transmitting loop antenna or mag-loop. If you're using such an antenna on an amateur band like say the 40m band, you'll likely have to re-tune your antenna every time you even think about changing frequency. I've had the frustration of using a manual version of such an antenna and it can wear thin very quickly.

I'm bringing this up because it can also be a benefit.

Imagine that you need to make a contact on a busy band during a contest. Often you'll find yourself setting up the filters on your radio, trying hard to remove all the extraneous noise that comes from strong signals nearby.

What if your antenna could help with that?

What if you thought of your antenna as a pre-filter, something that makes the job of extracting just that signal from the bit of spectrum you're interested in?

My point is this.

We're talking about an antenna that from one perspective can be a pain to use, requiring constant retuning, constant adjustment, just to get on the air and make noise.

From another perspective, that very same antenna is a way to filter out the things you don't want to hear and extract the signal you care about.

How you approach this depends on your perspective and just considering your antenna as a filter might help you see another side of your antenna system that you hadn't considered before.

How you use this is entirely up to you. For my money, I'll be doing more experiments.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

 

FRIDAY EDITION: Another day in paradise..I made the mistake of listening on 3844 last night for a few moments, what a shit show. Some asshat was trying to jam and it went on and on. Thousands of dollars of ham gear spent to jam and not identify, another clown behind a microphone....3927 and how to buy a new tractor was the pick of the night. Cub Cadet would not be my choice!...3900 was the pick of the day this morning, nice bunch of knowledgeable and friendly New England hams...

The Space Weather Woman

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Out of nowhere, a Global Magnetic Anomaly

On June 23rd, Earth's quiet magnetic field was unexpectedly disturbed by a wave of magnetism that rippled around much of the globe.

There was no solar storm or geomagnetic storm to cause the disturbance. What was it?

Find out on today's edition of Spaceweather.com

THURSDAY EDITION: Thunder and lighning all over MA and NH yesterday afternoon and I don't get a drop. Not complaining but the sprinklers have been running every day to keep the gardens and lawn green. ....IRS sends stimulas checks to inmates, what a country!....

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, Issues Field Day 2020 Statement

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has released a statement in advance of ARRL Field Day 2020.

Dear ARRL Members,

For the first time since the event was introduced in 1933, ARRL Field Day will indeed be significantly different this year. Continuing public safety restrictions due to COVID-19 will force many of you to operate from home, while some radio clubs, where permitted, will venture outside in limited gatherings practicing social distancing. By all means, get on the air this weekend and show the world that Amateur Radio operators remain adaptable to changing situations.

Although points are awarded, the underlying purpose of Field Day is to demonstrate the versatility and reliability of radio amateurs under simulated emergency conditions. For some of you, especially new licensees, this may be the first time you've established your own home station or portable radio communications capability. Let's use this opportunity to show our friends, families, and community leaders that we are a trained, resourceful and reliable corps of volunteers, especially when other forms of communications are not available.

In addition to operating, please take a few minutes to document your station with pictures, or even offer to host a videoconference and give virtual tours. Social media is the way most people are discovering amateur radio these days, so post your photos and videos to the social media pages hosted by your clubs and ARRL.

Finally, please use the hashtag #ARRLFD along with community hashtags to get the word out that we are enjoying an amazing hobby that is also a public service. Field Day is the largest gathering of communicators on the face of the earth. Let's show the world what amateur radio can do!

On behalf of ARRL board members and staff, have a fun and safe ARRL Field Day.

73,

Rick Roderick, K5UR

Radio Amateur's Call for Help Relayed from across the Atlantic

When Richard Tashner, N2EO, of Massapequa, New York, suffered a medical emergency on May 18, his DMR radio was closer than his phone. His call for help was answered by Maxis Johnston, GM0MRJ, who put out a call for “anyone in the states.”

Kent County Amateur Radio Club member Ken Dix, KB2KBD, in Delaware heard the call on the local 146.91 MHz repeater, which was linked to the North American talk group. Dix called authorities in Tashner’s vicinity, and help was dispatched.

Dix said the dispatcher in New York was able to hear part of the call and was amazed at how an amateur radio communication had gone from New York to Scotland to Delaware and then back to New York. The dispatcher expressed surprise at how quickly the information had been relayed across the Atlantic. The Delaware repeater, at the Delaware State Communications complex, is set on C4FM Fusion and linked to DMR on “America's Net.” — Thanks to the ARES E-Letter via Jerry Palmer, N3KRX

Balearic Islands

Andy, DK5ON, will once again be active as EA6/DK5ON from Mallorca Island (EU-004, ARLHS BAL-010 Cap de Pera Light, WLOTA 1902) between July 1-11th.

Activity will be holiday style with some possible EAFF and SOTA/GMA activities.

Operations will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (JT65, RTTY, PSK31, FT4, FT8). He will be using an Elecraft KX3 (QRP 5 watts) and ICOM IC-7300 into Buddistick and Buddipole antenna systems.

QSL via DK5ON, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog or LoTW

Swains Island DXpedition

Dear friends -- Due to the Covid-19 pandemic it is still impossible to travel to Swains Island. This means that we have to postpone our DXpedition until spring 2021 at the earliest.

Alex Jennings and the team will start planning again as soon as we are
allowed to travel to American Samoa without restrictions (such as 14 days
in quarantine).

All equipment already purchased is waiting for us in Pago Pago.
We are very disappointed with this postponement, but if we look at it from a positive angle, propagation will be better next year!

Yasme Foundation supporting grant to establish Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) nodes in Africa

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation has made a supporting grant to establish Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) nodes in Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.

The project will be carried out by youth in the Amateurs Radio Algeriens and
Association des Radio Amateurs Tunisiens (http://amateurradiointunisia.org)
radio clubs. The build out of these nodes will increase RBN presence in Africa for both the amateur and scientific communities.

The Reverse Beacon Network is a network of global Software Defined Radio
(SDR) receivers, monitoring amateur radio bands and reporting CW, RTTY,
and FT8 signals to a central database at www.reversebeacon.net

The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to support
scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio, including DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and promotion of amateur radio in developing countries. For additional information about The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at www.yasme.org.

WEDNESDAY EDITION: We can't find a cure for the virus but washing our hands and using hand sanitzer kills it- think about that!...

Mike-N1XW enjoying fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee. Mike will never be bored in retirement with RC models,
the Harley, boating, and ham radio as hobbies.

EMAIL TODAY:

I have been in the same quandary for a while regarding continuing to have a bunch of big boxes sitting on my desk .Never been interested in the latest thing to come along with more relatively useless features.I could sell out and get a few hundred bucks but still  enjoy talking to some old friends I have known forever.
We have a boat hanging on the dock, an aging house and a big yard to tend to. We are not hemmed in by the weather as 
you are during winter. Maybe a change of venue might get you out of the doldrums.
 73, Skip

APRS and WSPR balloon completes 2nd circumnavigation of Earth

A balloon launched on May 20 by 'Amateur Radio Roundtable' web show host Tom Medlin, W5KUB, and team has begun its third circumnavigation of Earth transmitting 144.390 MHz FM APRS and 14.0971 MHz WSPR

The ARRL say:

The balloon, at 43,000 – 45,000 feet, completed its second trip around the globe on June 19. It crossed the Atlantic ocean “in record time” at a speed of about 170 MPH, the balloon website reported this week.

The balloon, identified as W5KUB-18, carries APRS and WSPR amateur radio payloads. As of the afternoon of June 23, it was heading over Uzbekistan at over 100 MPH.

As the balloon website states, the mission and goal are to launch a high-altitude balloon for long-duration and multiple trips around the world.
The balloon, an SBS-13, is capable of flying up to 45,000 feet. “It will be filled with hydrogen to obtain higher altitude,” the website explains. “It will be solar powered only (no batteries, so it will only transmit during daylight). We will receive tracking every 10 minutes via WSPR on HF [14.0971 MHz].”

Tracking transmissions will be turned off over the UK, Yemen, and North Korea due to regulations.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/balloon-launched-by-popular-web-show-host-completes-second-round-trip



New England Hams you might run across 75 meters.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
WB1ABC- Ari..Bought an amp and now we can here him on 75 meters, worships his wife, obsessed with Id'ing
N1BOW-Phil...Retired broadcast engineer, confused and gullible, cheap, only uses single ply toilet paper
KB1OWO- Larry...
Handsome Fellow ,only cuts lawn in August, plows snow the rest in Jackman, Maine
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

Silent Key K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
Silent Key
VA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....